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Nairobi, January 14, 2004 (The East African Standard)
Joab Omino was due to defend his seat in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive in Tunisia next week.
The former Kenya international and Football Federation chairman was among five candidates set to contest two seats set aside for the East and Central Africa (Cecafa) region.
Omino and immediate former Cecafa president, Farah Addo of Somalia are the incumbents. Addo who is also the CAF vice president will not be defending his seat having opted to quit big time football to concentrate on politics at home.
The passing away of Omino leaves Celestine Musabyimana (Rwanda), Kamal Shaddad (Sudan), Muhidin Ndolonga (Tanzania), and Moses Baransananiye (Burundi) as the candidates.
Cecafa insiders had tipped Omino and Shaddad to grab the two positions.
The elections will see CAF president Issa Hayatou of Cameroon defend his position against Ismail Bhamjee of Botswana.
Hayatou said death had robbed the African continent a man who gave a lot to football.
"He has lived most of his life in football where he has served as both a player and administrator and we shall surely miss him. We all looked forward to seeing him in Tunisia," Hayatou said.
Omino was also mourned by CAF secretary general, Mustapha Fahmy, Addo and Cecafa chiefs, Dennis Obua (president) and Nicholas Musonye (secretary).
KFF chairman Maina Kariuki described Omino's demise as a big loss to the sport considering that he was also an executive committee member of CAF.
He said the KFF had resolved to back the late Omino for the same post at next week's CAF elections in Tunisia.